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Priti Patel ‘unlikely to be sacked’ for breaking ministerial code over bullying claims – sources

The cabinet minister is set to retain her position despite a scandal that Labour says has “all the hallmarks of a cover-up”.

A report into allegations Priti Patel bullied staff has found she broke the ministerial code – but the home secretary is unlikely to be sacked, sources have told Sky News.

The report is said to have concluded some of the senior cabinet minister’s behaviour was unintentional.

It is due to be published imminently but is understood to have been held up by discussions over whether the senior cabinet minister should be forced to apologise for behaviour deemed unacceptable.

Labour claimed the news had “all the hallmarks of a cover-up”.

The inquiry into Ms Patel was launched nine months ago – triggered by the departure of senior Home Office civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam.

He claimed Ms Patel “created fear” among staff and subsequently took his allegations – which were denied by the home secretary – to a tribunal.

Sky News also understands that some of those close to Ms Patel do not feel comfortable with issuing an apology because they say her behaviour was unintentional and not deliberately intended to cause upset.

She is, however, likely to do so if asked to by Mr Johnson.

Sky News understands that some of those close to Ms Patel do not feel comfortable with her issuing an apology because they say her behaviour was unintentional and not deliberately intended to cause upset.

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